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Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Forty-five students from Furr High School and volunteers braved the chilly weather and began installing a native plant garden at the intersection of Lockwood and Harrisburg in the East End on Wednesday, November 12. Previously covered in concrete and turf grass, the 200′ by 30′ space will be planted with native trees and plants that will provide shade and a place for the public to enjoy nature while waiting for the bus or MetroRail. The garden is designed for wildlife, specifically pollinators, including birds, butterflies and other insects. It will include a water feature that will intermittently provide water and the native grasses, shrubs and trees will provide nectar, berries and seeds.

Funding for the Lockwood Nature Garden comes from the Connecting People with Nature grant administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and a TIGER grant awarded to the City of Houston to connect trails and promote access to transit. This area will be at a light rail stop at Harrisburg and Lockwood. The park will become a part of the network of sidewalks, trails and parks that support pedestrian and bike activity throughout the East End.

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Eastext: Transforming the East End into a Moving Canvas for Poetry Projections

Eastext: Transforming the East End into a Moving Canvas for Poetry Projections

Multimedia artist Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola presents Eastext: a series of three live, mobile projections performances of poetry throughout Houston’s East End. These upcoming events will take place outdoors in different parts of the district. Each event will feature text projections on to the environment (houses, warehouses, buildings, etc.) from a moving vehicle, followed by an artist talk, recitations by participating Houston poets, and additional projections in a gallery space.

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Houston's East End Earns Prestigious Cultural District Designation

Houston's East End Earns Prestigious Cultural District Designation

The East End Houston team took a field trip to Austin last week to eavesdrop on a meeting of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and we came back with a souvenir. We are pleased to announce that Houston’s East End has officially been designated as a cultural district of the great state of Texas!…

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